Apple, the world's most valuable company, was the recipient of both praise and tut-tutting over the past day, lauded for its protection of customers' data by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a long-standing web watchdog. On the other hand, a massive trove of security vulnerabilities on Apple's Mac OS X and iOS systems was discovered by a team of computer scholars.
"It has adopted every best practice we've identified as part of this report," wrote the EFF in its report, which awarded the company five stars, the highest rating, for its protection of consumer data. The EFF concentrates on many post-Snowden sensitivities, looking at company policies for evidence of how it deals with government data requests, backdoors, and more. Seven other companies, out of 24, were given five stars by the organization.